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New GM wants zero waste on New Zealand farms  standard

Agrecovery’s new General Manager, Tony Wilson, wants all farm waste recycled, reused, or repurposed in his quest to build upon the legacy that his predecessor, Simon Andrew, left behind. “First and foremost, I want to follow the trajectory that the not-for-profit recycling scheme has already achieved,” he says, adding that he’s “not here to reinvent the wheel, but we will utilise our local and global networks to make our programme an even better one”. “I’m proud to be leading New Zealand’s peak rural recycling scheme for agrichemical containers and drums.  As one of the rural sector’s first voluntary recycling initiatives, it will soon be one of the first regulated product stewardship schemes in the rural sector,” says Wilson. “I want ...

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Innovative project to tackle agricultural plastic waste standard

Agricultural plastics, such as the bags used for fertiliser, seed, and feed, as well as netting, silage wrap and twine, are next in line for an end-of-life makeover. An innovative project seeking to improve environmental outcomes has received government support for repurposing this plastic for farmers and growers. Finding the best sustainable solutions for these plastics is at the core of the project run by rural recycling programme Agrecovery. The Ministry of the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) is contributing $178,200 to the total project budget of $196,346. This funding was approved by Eugenie Sage, Associate Minister for the Environment so that Agrecovery can sustainably divert more farm plastics away from harmful disposal practices. The project will see the rural ...

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Government must step in to boost rural recycling standard

The public opinion on the challenge of waste has fixated on everyday consumer items like single use plastic bags, coffee cups and straws. As an agricultural nation, New Zealand needs to extend its eye-view to the wider waste issues faced by our vibrant primary industries – reputed as the world’s food basket. At no other time has it been more important to address plastic waste issues.  Covid-19 has led to increased plastic consumption and has further exposed vulnerabilities in the global waste system. At the same time, it has highlighted the importance of our primary industries as the sustainable supplier of high-value, quality food – which is now helping to support our financial recovery. Recycling is part of the tapestry of being an ...

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Rural recycling rates soar, but more solutions needed standard

Rural recycling has seen unprecedented gains, with rates soaring to 43 percent above last year’s figures. The programme responsible for these results supports government proposals to rethink plastics but says there is an urgent need for local recycling solutions to generate greater recycling rates for a wider selection of rural plastics. If a wider variety of plastic can be recycled, less plastic waste will build up in rural areas and fewer harmful practices, such as burning and burying, will be deployed to dispose of it. This will benefit our environment and our wildlife. To help clear waste from farms, Agrecovery recycles agrichemical containers and drums so that they can be made into underground cable covers and building materials right here ...

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Agrecovery Annual Report 2018-2019 standard

We are seeing real growth in our recycling programme, reflected in the record volumes of plastic we collected in the last year. As New Zealand’s peak rural recycling programme, we are proud of the results we achieve by working with our partners. This year's collection rates are up 43% from the year before and means that we are now recycling more than half of all containers sold. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chair ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019   ...

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Recycling reaches record volumes standard

Farmers and growers are proving their worth as good stewards of the land, by achieving record-breaking volumes of plastic recycling through the rural recycling programme, Agrecovery. The past year has seen a 43 percent increase in rural plastic coming back for recycling at Agrecovery’s sites, events and via on-farm pick-ups. The staggering 437 tonnes of plastic containers collected over the past year is now being given new life.  “This is a massive leap from the 320 tonnes collected the previous year,” says Agrecovery General Manager Simon Andrew. “The figures show that we are now recycling more than half of the agrichemical containers and drum plastic sold in the New Zealand market,” he says.  Those manufacturers who participate in the programme ...

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Recycling project helps clear rural waste standard

Each week, thousands of kiwi homes wheel or carry their rubbish to the kerbside for collection. For rural communities, managing refuse is not such an easy task. Generations of kiwi farmers have had to find their own ways of clearing non-natural waste. A 2013 study by Environment Canterbury claimed that farms were producing nearly 10 tonnes of waste a year. Empty containers and drums, silage wrap, fertiliser bags and motor oil are just some of the items left over from the business of farming. Finding an efficient and sustainable solution can be confusing and time-consuming for farmers and growers, especially with each waste stream having its own processes for recycling or safe disposal. To add to the challenge, the options ...

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What happens to the collected plastic standard

Our container programme provides a sustainable way to dispose of used agrichemical containers, which are then recycled into fully-compliant products right here in New Zealand. Long-time recycling partner, Astron Plastics in Auckland, converts all of our triple-rinsed containers into underground cable cover or building materials. The majority is made into covers for cables and pipes –  for electricity and gas. The rest is made into damp course – used to prevent damp rising in buildings. Astron Plastics Manager Steve Mead says “there is ongoing demand for these finished products” and is enthusiastic about being associated with the Agrecovery programme because “it has really sound environmental credentials and benefits”. The plastic is collected from over 90 sites and large-scale farms across ...

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Speech: Agrecovery Chair to South Island Agricultural Field Days standard

Agrecovery Chair Adrienne Wilcock on the NZ Rural Waste Minimisation Project launch Good morning and welcome.  It’s great to see you all here today.  I’d especially like to welcome Minister Eugenie Sage, our Associate Minister for the Environment for attending and we will hear from her shortly. As we are all aware, plastic waste has become a huge issue – not just in New Zealand – but worldwide. After years of the perceived convenience of plastic packaging, we have finally woken up to the mess mankind is making and now we face the challenge of how to avoid, reduce or ethically dispose of it. We’ve seen single-use plastic bags banned from supermarkets and the banning of scrap plastic imports to ...

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Rural recycling project will clear more waste from farms standard

A new project will support farmers by providing alternatives to the harmful disposal practices of burning, burying and stock-piling of waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced the launch of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project at the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee today. Rural recycling programme Agrecovery will implement the Project by offering nationwide events for farmers to sustainably dispose of waste all in one go. This will clear agrichemical and motor oil containers, unwanted agrichemicals, used motor oil, fertiliser bags and silage wrap. “By providing a ‘one-stop-shop approach’, we will be removing barriers to recycling and encouraging our rural communities to participate in sustainable disposal practices for a variety of waste,” says ...

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